Ice-T is no stranger to controversy so it’s not surprising that he is the narrator and executive producer of Vh1’s forthcoming documentary, Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation. The groundbreaking film tells the story of the crack epidemic in the 80s and how it affected some of the world’s most successful rapperpreneurs.
Featuring true accounts from RZA, Raekwon, B-Real, Snoop Dogg and even drug king pins like Azie Faison and the real Freeway Rick Ross, the film chronicles crack’s rise and fall, rappers and hustlers who got out of the game via hip-hop, possible CIA involvement with distributing crack on the streets, and today’s rappers who have perpetrated king pin personas based on the lives of actual hustlers from the era.
Various media outlets got a chance to chat with Ice-T about the film at a screening on Tuesday, and as VIBE walked into the room, we heard Ice-T telling a Vh1 reporter the following:
“Rick Ross stole a n***s name. I call him ‘Identity Crisis.” Before you trip, you already know Ice-T is the king of blunt. But the comment Ice made is actually addressed in the film by the real Freeway Rick Ross. Check this out:
When VIBE got our chance with Ice-T, we walked away with some other gems…
Ice On His Involvement as EP
I was approached by Vh1 because they knew I was familiar. I was one of the rappers in the era and they also knew that I had access to all the rappers and that they would all accept my phone call [laughs]. And they also knew that it was something that was dear to me, this whole crack era and there was something that I felt was a story should be told and I got involved in it as long as we kept it one hundred. It’s an authentic film. We got Azie Faison, who was definitely a legend in New York in the drug trade (Editor’s note: See Azie’s story in Paid in Full). We got the real Freeway Rick Ross, who was a shot caller when I was coming up. And we got rappers who actually sold crack. I never sold drugs. I had other hustles I was involved with. We had Snoop and B Real⎯basically the movie is just showing how these kids that were actually on the streets hustling ended up making it and why the music reflected it. It just takes u through that era that some of us lived through. Hopefully it will open people’s eyes and people can get a better understanding of that era.
On What’s Missing From Hip-Hop
I want to see some little motherfuckers get together like a Public Enemy and give these fools a wake up call like, “Fuck this jewelry and cars bullshit,” and bring it back to Armageddon! Don’t get it twisted⎯the people that are making music now, I’m not mad at them.
People think I’m mad at pop music [but] I’m not. I’m just saying the conscious music is lacking.There’s no roots, really, and when you think about the groups that I name like the PE’s and all that, they can’t make records now because we’re not the right age. We’re the age of their parents. Kids don’t want to listen to their parents, so we accept that so I’m saying there just needs to be some⎯how could KRS 1 and all of us used to be so militant at our age. Where are those kids that are gonna come out and really push the envelope? NWA did “Fuck the Police,” we were going hard, we were getting arrested. Now everybody is trying to stay in their nice little safe bubble and I miss the edgy music. That’s all I’m saying. Saying you sell drugs, that’s not edgy to me, let’s talk about some issues. Lupe fiasco does it. I’ve listened to some of his stuff. He’s not afraid but there’s a lack. I would love to be a fan of some new little bad ass cats coming out and letting mother fuckers know what’s up.
Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation premieres on VH1 Sunday, September 18 at 10/9 c.